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Social and Cultural Analysis PhD

Admission Requirements

  • MA in sociology or in anthropology, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, from a recognized university.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

A superior academic record and strong references are both essential. The intended area of research is also a factor as admission is contingent on the availability of an appropriate research supervisor. Applicants who do not have the required background in either one of the disciplines are required to take courses (undergraduate or graduate) before being admitted into the program. The number of credits required varies depending on the student's personal background but are limited to no more than 24 credits.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Sociology and Anthropology Courses page for course descriptions.

Social and Cultural Analysis PhD (90 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

SOAN 800 General Seminar (6.00)
SOAN 820 Professional Development (3.00)
SOAN 840 General Seminar (3.00)

6credits of Elective Courses, chosen from two courses from the lists below:


ANTH 600 Identity and Difference (3.00)
ANTH 601 Decolonizing Anthropology (3.00)
ANTH 610 Ethnographic Research and Ethics (3.00)
ANTH 620 Writing Ethnography (3.00)
ANTH 630 New Directions in Anthropological Research (3.00)
ANTH 640 Special Topics I (3.00)
ANTH 641 Special Topics II (3.00)

Note: The subject matter for ANTH 640 and ANTH 641 varies from term to term and from year to year. Students may re-register for these courses provided that the course content has changed.


SOCI 602 Issues in Classical Sociological Theory (3.00)
SOCI 603 Issues in Contemporary Sociological Theory (3.00)
SOCI 612 Quantitative Research Design and Methods (3.00)
SOCI 613 Qualitative Research Design and Methods (3.00)
SOCI 620 Population and Society (3.00)
SOCI 622 Studies in Race and Ethnicity (3.00)
SOCI 625 Sociology of Culture (3.00)
SOCI 626 North American Societies (3.00)
SOCI 627 Social Movements and Social Change (3.00)
SOCI 632 Sociology of the Family (3.00)
SOCI 633 Sociology of Knowledge (3.00)
SOCI 635 Gender Studies (3.00)
SOCI 637 Development (3.00)
SOCI 638 The City (3.00)
SOCI 639 Social Problems (3.00)
SOCI 640 Community Studies (3.00)
SOCI 642 Studies in Governance (3.00)
SOCI 644 Sociology of the Body (3.00)
SOCI 645 Sociology of Men (3.00)
SOCI 646 Globalization (3.00)
SOCI 647 Democracy and Citizenship (3.00)
SOCI 648 Health, Illness and Medicine (3.00)
SOCI 649 Media and Communication (3.00)
SOCI 652 Self and Subjectivity (3.00)
SOCI 653 Intellectual Biography (3.00)

Note: Doctoral students are asked to perform at a higher level as leaders in class discussions and are given more in-depth work in the form of papers and oral presentations.



SOAN 850 Comprehensive Exam l (6.00)
SOAN 860 Comprehensive Exam ll (6.00)



SOAN 870 Thesis Proposal (3.00)



SOAN 890 Thesis (57.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

Language Requirement. Given that the bulk of the literature in the two disciplines is written in English and French, reading assignments are given in both languages. Students are required to work towards reading proficiency very quickly. Upon completion of their coursework, students are required to demonstrate reading proficiency in both languages before being permitted to begin the thesis portion of their program. The proficiency level is verified through the administration of a translation test at the end of the coursework period.

In addition, students whose research topic requires the knowledge of a third language are expected to take the necessary courses and demonstrate proficiency in that language before embarking on their research.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum period of residence is two calendar years (6 terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the Master’s degree or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

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